mHealth-Digital Health-Telehealth

mHealth - mHealth (also written as m-health) is an abbreviation for mobile health, a term used for the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices. Digital Health - Digital healthcare (also known as digital health) is an upcoming discipline that involves the use of information and communication technologies to help address the health problems and challenges faced by patients. These technologies include both hardware and software solutions and services. Telehealth: Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.

Telemedicine, Aging in Place, More Milk

ATA: Lots of talk about connection, integration, systems, clouds.

05/21/2014

Silver is the New Gold

Silicon Valley notices the boomer market.

05/14/2014

AARP Tech and TEK -- Life@50+ in Boston.

And there it was -- Healh Innovation@50+ Finalists -- and other links from Life@50+ in Boston.

05/11/2014

Launching your boomer/senior, health tech product in 2014

Don’t quit your day job just yet – do the homework first.  Starting a new company in the boomer/senior, mHealth/Digital Health tech space? I hear fairly regularly from those who have this intent.  Maybe they have a prototype they have created. When I don’t hear first, sometimes I catch who they are through the modern-day miracle of Google Alerts. So maybe we chat, maybe I take a look at a website, learn how they are going about getting their funding, and I ask if they know about products that may be similar to what they are doing.  Or have they browsed online catalogs, or spoken to non-profits (if that is one of the target audiences).  Have they studied market sizings and surveys from Nielsen to Pew to the exuberant Semico Research? And so on.  So here’s an updated set of advice for the pre-early stage: >>> Read more . . .

Health-related smartphone apps -- not ready for prime time

Our smartphones, ourselves – are they useful for managing our own health? In 2009, Eric Topol, the wireless health medical prognosticator, noted that 'we would soon use our smart phones to monitor our chronic conditions.'  Well, maybe – it all depends on what he meant by 'soon.' App developers are obviously struggling to identify a) an app that is useful and b) who the cohort is that would use it. Should you count recording weight, keeping food logs and tracking exercise as 'monitoring' a chronic condition?  It might be more useful to put a smartphone in your pocket (assuming it fits) than to get a grip on another wearable but easily-lost small device. Take a look at the wearable band market and non-usage by the 55+.   Note the easily-lost Fitbit (my sister has lost 3, I have long lost 2) in this Verizon Boomer Voice blog.   >>> Read more . . .

Digital Health Summer Summit the Place to Grow the Digital Health Sector

04/23/2014

Robotics, accelerators, startups, apps and regulations…the roadmap for the future of healthcare is turning into a crowded highway. How can businesses take advantage of the burgeoning digital health sector without making a wrong turn? >>> Read more . . .

HealthSpot Teams with MedAvail Technologies to Offer Comprehensive Telehealth Platform for Consumers

04/14/2014

Dublin, OH – January 22, 2014 – HealthSpot℠, a pioneer in patient and provider-driven healthcare technology, today announced a strategic partnership with MedAvail Technologies Inc., an innovative company that created the MedAvail MedCenter™ telepharmacy kiosk. This collaboration will enable HealthSpot station locations to provide high-quality, accessible pharmacy services in addition to acute care telehealth services, in locations where there is no retail pharmacy, such as employer sites and community locations.

Telehealth gains momentum in the Obamacare era

Encouraging providers and insurers to invest in remote healthcare technologies.

04/17/2014

Four new offerings from StartUp Health

Checking out startups offerings that can benefit adults -- including older adults. StartUp Health is a New York-based accelerator fostering 'health and wellness innovation.'  Its purpose is to help entrepreneurs accepted into its Academy gain "access to customers, capital, resources, and a peer group support network." As many are observing today, if it's useful and technology-based, a startup seems likely to categorize themselves as 'health and wellness'. And some of these health and wellness innovators are specifically targeting aspects of care that can be very helpful to all, but could be particularly useful for older adults.  All information comes from the websites of the companies themselves: >>> Read more . . .

Baby boomers -- are they benefiting from the health tech bubble?

There's a bubble -- but does this wave of investor hysteria consider the use case for baby boomers?

04/10/2014
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